William K Vanderbilt from the US drove a Mors to a record speed of 122 km/h (76


Tuesday 5th August 1902

William K Vanderbilt from the US drove a Mors to a record speed of 122 km/h (76.1 mph) near Chartes in France. The Mors was the first petrol powered record holder. Its 9,232 cc internal combustion engine produced 60 bhp and Vanderbilt ran it with full gear for road racing; i.e. brakes, coachwork, horn, etc. Subsequently, Henry Fournier and Georges Auger (racing under the name Augieres) stripped down the Mors and increased the speed to 123.6 km/h (77.1 mph) for the kilometre.


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